Special Notice: College Volunteer Opportunities
With the continued concerns regarding COVID-19, our utmost responsibility as a health care system is to keep our patients, employees, volunteers and visitors safe. As a proactive step to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we have paused onsite volunteering at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The goal of this temporary pause is to help people remain away from others and slow the virus’ spread.
Our timeline is undetermined, as our priority will be to have our current volunteers return safely sometime in 2021. Until then we have suspended the acceptance and processing of new volunteer applications.
We appreciate everything volunteers do for our patients, guests and staff. We look forward to welcoming volunteers back and will update this page when the volunteer restrictions are lifted.
About College Volunteering
Who: Adults, 18 years of age and older, currently enrolled in college or technical school
What: Volunteers provide support to patients, families, and staff. Some assignments have direct patient contact, other assignments are more supportive. Volunteer assignments can include patient units, clinics, OT/PT, sibling clubhouse, Reach Out and Read, among others.
When: Assignments/shifts will be on the same day/same time each week, typically 2-3 hours in length. Weekend and evening positions are limited. Schedules can be changed as class schedules change each quarter/semester, provided there are openings.
Where: Primarily at the hospital’s main campus, although some assignments are available at Primary Care Centers or Close to Home locations. Attendance is very important, so please consider transportation when considering if this is a good match for you.
Cost: Volunteer uniform is $23, plus tax.
Commitment: Initial commitment of 50 volunteer hours
Onboarding Process: Prior to volunteering the applicant must complete:
- Complete the online application during an application period (see chart below)
- Reference checks
- Interview/Information session—a review of program expectations, the onboarding process and specific information about available volunteer openings
- BCI and/or FBI Background check
- Individual health appointment
- Provide copy of vaccination record
- Tuberculosis blood test
- Flu shot (required during flu season)
- General hospital orientation (electronic or online)
- Training for specific volunteer position
Application: We currently are not accepting new volunteer applications. Please continue to check the site periodically for opportunities. Below is a schedule that gives you an estimated timeline of our onboarding process. Please allow 6-8 weeks from the time of submitting your application to your actual start date.
When To Apply
|Apply in January||Begin volunteering by April|
|Apply in March||Begin volunteering by June|
|Apply in May||Begin volunteering by August|
|Apply in July||Begin volunteering by October|
|Apply in September||Begin volunteering by December|
|Apply in November||Begin volunteering by January|
We know college students are in a variety of situations, yet still want to volunteer. Please check to see if one of these scenarios matches your situation.
Great! You are available year-round. Feel free to apply during any application period.
Please apply in July. We want to make sure you have enough time to apply, get trained and volunteer for the minimum service requirement.
Welcome Home! We appreciate your desire to help. Please apply in January or March as we need time to process your application and have you attend orientation. The placement opportunity for summer college students is in our Alliance Data Sibling Clubhouse. This area is extremely volunteer dependent and a great opportunity for volunteers. See information about the Clubhouse.
If you are available to volunteer past the summer, we would be happy to discuss other volunteer opportunities with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read our frequently asked questions for potential college volunteers.
Shadowing, observation, and internship hours are scheduled through the Education Department. Call (614) 355-0678.
We respond to the needs of the staff when placing volunteers. If a department has requested a volunteer, then that is where we place them.
Yes, if you have not volunteered in more than one year. Please call or email for more information.
Thank you for thinking of Nationwide Children's Hospital. We know some breaks can be 4-6 weeks or longer. If you have volunteered with us before, contact us prior to your break and let us know your availability. You may need to complete some paperwork. If you have never been a volunteer, this just isn’t enough time to get through our process. Please plan on starting at the beginning of the school year or in the summer, then we would welcome you back during your breaks.
Volunteers are required to purchase and wear a uniform while volunteering. If financial hardship exists, arrangements can be made to get a uniform at no charge. In addition to the uniform polo or vest, volunteers must wear their name badge, long pants (no jeans) or knee-length skirt, and closed-toe shoes. Artificial/gel nails, visible tattoos and facial piercings are not permitted.
This is at the discretion of your volunteer liaison. When volunteers are assigned to an area, the staff is in no way obligated or expecting to write a letter of recommendation. Hours of service can be provided as a record for you.